Ginger Bush Plant – 1 Small plant
Common names: misty plume bush, ginger bush (English); gemmerbos, watersalie (Afrikaans); iboza, ibozane (Zulu). The plant is grown as an ornamental, but also has medicinal benefits.
Propagation Method: Grown from cuttings, taken from our own plants.
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Sold as 1 single small Ginger Bush Plant. The plants were grown from cuttings. The ginger bush is a tall, aromatic shrub up to 3 m in height, occasionally reaching 5 m. It is slightly succulent and has an irregular branch pattern. The stems are brown and smooth, except for the younger portions which are covered with glandular hairs and have a ruby tinge. The glandular hairs also cover both surfaces of the leaves and make them slightly sticky to the touch.The leaves are a bright green and are slightly heart shaped with the margin irregularly and bluntly toothed.
Male and female flowers are borne on separate plants in spikes which differ in size and shape. The male flower spikes in profusion create more of the “mist” effect than the female flowers which tend to be more compact. The flowers usually appear when the plants are bare and are carried in the top section of the branches. Flowering occurs from June until August which coincides with the frosts in Highveld gardens. It is cultivated for this spectacular show which occurs when there is not much else in flower. The flowers range from white to lilac including some with pink flowers. The plant also has medicinal benefits.
Common names: misty plume bush, ginger bush (English); gemmerbos, watersalie (Afrikaans); iboza, ibozane (Zulu)
The Zulu people have many uses for the plant including the relief of chest complaints, stomach ache and malaria. Inhaling the scent of the crushed leaves apparently also relieves headaches.
Growing Ginger Bush
- This is a rewarding garden plant which is fast growing (up to 80 cm per year) and which will flower in its first year.
- It grows easily in light, well drained and well composted soil, but grows equally well in clay soils.
- It prefers water in summer but not as much in winter, thus making it a good water-wise plant for summer rainfall areas.
- It should be pruned back hard after flowering to keep it neat and promote flowering. Plant in full sun, except in very hot areas where midday shade or light shade will be beneficial.
- Can be grown in containers, but does best when planted directly in the garden.
Information is for educational and informational purposes only and may not be construed as medical advice. The information is not intended to replace medical advice or treatment offered by healthcare professionals.